Sheffield musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie will be first to re-open on West End

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Sheffield musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is set to be the first musical to re-open in the West End after lockdown.

The show will return to the Apollo from November 12 – eight months after the curtain came down on all live shows because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It will hit the stage three weeks after a string of non-musical shows reopen in London's theatre district.

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The Play That Goes Wrong, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap and Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt will all admit socially distant audiences in October.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is to re-open in the West EndEverybody's Talking About Jamie is to re-open in the West End
Everybody's Talking About Jamie is to re-open in the West End

Venue bosses say "robust risk mitigation" will be in place including reduced capacities, contactless tickets, temperature tests and deep cleans, as well as hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace.

Meanwhile, the film version of the hit show will now be released next year.

Based on the musical of the same name and inspired by the real life story of teenage drag queen Jamie Campbell told in a 2011 TV documentary, the film stars Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Sarah Lancashire, and Ralph Ineson.

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It was filmed in Sheffield last year and was due to be released this year but its premiere has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

It is now scheduled to be released on 22 January 2021.

The play first debuted in the West End in 2017, based on the BBC Three documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen At 16, a teenager who wanted to attend his school prom in drag.